Students’ Cyber-Design Challenge

NEW DATES - Nov. 1st to Nov. 19th

The Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) and the Smart Cybersecurity Network (Serene-risc) invite undergraduate and graduate university students from all disciplines and from across Canada to participate in their joint Cyber-Design Challenge. The Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) is Canada’s only cross-sector cyber threat collaboration forum and source of cyber threat intelligence.

Students will work in teams of 3 or 4 to design tools and solutions to improve the effectiveness of the cctx sharing portal.

Participating students will have the opportunity to attend training webinars on cybersecurity, information-sharing and human-computer interaction. They will be mentored by a diverse group of experienced cybersecurity professionals who will help them identify and execute their most promising ideas. Students will then present their results to the CCTX Technical Committee.

Prizes: $3,000 for winning team and $2,000 for the runner-up.


  • INTRODUCE students with no prior experience to cybersecurity as a career path;
  • DEVELOP students’ understanding of the Canadian cybersecurity ecosystem, its key players and the role that they play in securing Canada’s economy and individual users;
  • CONNECT students with key players in the cybersecurity industry through CCTX, helping recruiters access highly motivated and skilled talent;
  • CHALLENGE students from a broad range of disciplines to help solve practical cybersecurity problems faced by Canadian organizations and support them to develop innovative and impactful solutions;
  • HELP CCTX and its members identify evidence-based and effective threat intelligence sharing tools and practices that can improve the cybersecurity of Canadian organizations (and help make these tools available to the Canadian cybersecurity ecosystem).


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| Deadline Oct. 28th
To register individually or as a team, please email your name(s), university affiliation, discipline, and level of study (undergraduate, postgraduate, or doctoral) at

Webinars | Nov. 1st – Nov. 5th
Background and training webinars (webinars will be recorded and available for download on a secure webpage).

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Mentor consultations | Nov. 8th – Nov. 12th
Mentor consultations (3 mentors per team in rotation / 30 minutes per mentor)

Team Work | Nov. 8th – Nov. 18th
Teams work on solutions/designs

Team Presentations | Nov. 19th
Teams present their results to the Jury (CCTX Technical Committee and SERENE-RISC team)


To register individually or as a team, please email us your name(s), university affiliation, discipline, and level of study (undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral) at